Baseball Takes Series With 6-5 Win Over Bonnies
April 14, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - After surrendering the lead late, the UMass baseball team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat St. Bonaventure, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field. With the win, the Minutemen claim the series over the Bonnies (10-17, 3-6 A-10), 2-1, and improve to 7-18 overall and 3-6 in Atlantic 10 action.
UMass began the contest with a 1-0 advantage after manufacturing a run off one hit in the bottom of the first. Redshirt junior Ryan Cusick lined a single into left to leadoff the game for the Minutemen, stole second and went to third on the errant throw before coming home on a sacrifice fly by senior Rich Graef.
The Minutemen then expanded the margin to 4-0 in the third. Freshman Vinny Scifo drew a leadoff walk and Graef hustled out bunt single to give UMass a pair of runners on with one out. Junior Rob McLam followed with an RBI single to left to plate Scifo and, following a wild pitch that moved up Graef and McLam, redshirt sophomore Adam Picard brought in the squad's second of the frame with a sacrifice fly. Junior Dylan Begin then came through with a two-out single to center that plated McLam.
St. Bonaventure, who managed just three hits through the first six innings, erupted for five runs on six hits in the top of the seventh, sending 11 batters to the plate. Jason Radwan drove in the tying run with a double down the left field line and later scored to give the Bonnies a 5-4 lead.
UMass was quick to respond, though, promptly climbing back on top, 6-5, with two runs in its next turn at bat. Cusick started things off with a single through the left side, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on an RBI single by McLam. Begin knocked in McLam for his second two-out RBI of the day as his single to left brought in what would prove to be the winning run.
Senior Ron Wallace went on to strike out three of the next seven Bonnies he faced and recorded the win (1-1). He threw 2.2 innings of relief and allowed one run on four hits and walked one.
Joel Rosencrance took the loss (2-2) for St. Bonaventure as he worked 4.1 innings out of the bullpen and allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
McLam led the offense for the Minutemen, factoring in four of the squad's six runs in the contest as he drove in two and scored twice while going 2-for-3. Begin finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Cusick (2-for-4) and Kellen Pagel (2-for-4) had multi-hit games, as well.
Radwan (3-for-5) and Billy Urban (2-for-5) combined for half of the Bonnies' 10 hits on the day and each drove in a run.
UMass will return to action on Tuesday, Apr. 16, against Central Connecticut at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.